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Wake Deputy Involved in Accident

Posted February 7, 2008
Updated February 8, 2008

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— A Wake County sheriff's deputy sustained minor injuries when his patrol car crashed on a road in Zebulon Thursday evening.

Deputy Chad Scott lost control of his vehicle while traveling along Pulley Town Road between Fowler and Mitchell Mill roads around 6:20 p.m., troopers said. Scott was responding to a call at the time, but troopers were not sure what type of call.

The patrol car went off the right side of the road, and Scott over-corrected, sending the car over the center line and off the left side of the road. The car then went into a ditch and flipped over, troopers said.

Scott complained of abdominal pain and was taken to WakeMed, officials said. He was treated for minor injuries and released.

Pulley Town Road was closed for about an hour while the accident scene was cleared.

The state Highway Patrol continued to investigate the wreck Thursday night.


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  • wcnc Feb 8, 2008

    I think that the standards for mandatory training for LEO's is set by the State. I think, but I'm not sure, that individual departments can set additional training, but they must have the resources to do so. The WCSO gets their funding through the County COmmissioners, who also have to give millions upon millions to the schools each year and there is often little left over for any other department beyond salaries and such. That could be one factor.

    I'm sure fatigue has something to do with it too- being on the road for 13 hours per day for 4 days and then switching shifts from days to nights and back again wears you out.

    I'm sure stress of the job factors in.......Probably no need to explain that!!

    I'm sure the number of miles driven has something to do with it too...along with LEO's not being perfect too....

    The concept of more driving training is good in theory but hard to implement in reality.....

  • Timbo Feb 8, 2008

    "Michael Waltrip wrecked his personal car once and he's a "professional" driver."

    Must of been while turning right.

  • GulfWarVet Feb 8, 2008

    It is a requirement of the company I work for that all certified drivers pass an annual written and practical behind the wheel driving test to remain certified, no matter whether they drive a pickup or a large commercial vehicle. The time it takes for each driver to maintain currency with their defensive driving skillset is approximately 2hrs/yr... aside weekly briefings.

    If a private company can do it, why cant we afford the time for our law enforcement to do this as well (I write this, admittedly, not knowing anything concrete of the Wake Co training)?

    Im not being super critical of our LEOs. I know it's a really dangerous profession and they hold my respect! 'Accidents' happen on the operating table, etc... each profession has its pitfalls/risks, though some have more than others.

    The truth be told, one can expect that accidents such as these are usually the result of three factors that were not observed, whether we talk of excessive speed, distraction, fatigue, etc.

  • wcnc Feb 8, 2008

    Glad the deputy is ok. With the HUNDREDS od hours they spend on the road each month, it is more amazing that there are so FEW wrecks than that there was a wreck. I wish people would grasp that better.

    Yes, there is driver's training in BLET-- but when patrol officers/deupties patrol on the ROAD for hours per shift, there is a level of "training" that can be considered just from their experience.

    I don't see anyone who posts negatively about these wrecks asking that a driver who drives a hour or so each way to work each day and gets in a wreck takes a driver's training class as part of their consequence for getting in a wreck. Aren't those people causing WAY more accidents than officers??? Causing people to spend much more money in insurance premiums???

    The County is self insured. The County pays for the damages to the car.

  • MajorLeagueinfidel Feb 8, 2008

    Good point Dude, keep in mind though that (40 HRS) hasn't always been the requirement...there are tons of veteran officers who had 8 hours of driver's training in BLET and none since then...officers with 6,8,10 years on the road with ZERO additional driver's training since a Basic course. But, yes..given driving 10-12 hours a day or night..in morning and afternoon rush hour it is quite amazing that there are simply not more accidents..this is a testament to Officer's flat out paying attention and driving defensively.

  • The Dude Feb 8, 2008

    That would be incorrect, infidel. To become a state certified law enforcement officer, you have to have at least 40 hours of driver training to pass BLET. The driving is actually quite tough in the academy. An officer wrecks and it is news. Civilians wreck and it is usually not. There are thousands of police officers on patrol in North Carolina right now. Sheer numbers would indicate that some are going to wreck at some point. Some of those wrecks are going to be the fault of the officer. Driving is not an exact science, regardless of your profession. Michael Waltrip wrecked his personal car once and he's a "professional" driver. I would bet that the rate of accidents involving a police officer are still far less than that of an accident involving civilians only.

  • MajorLeagueinfidel Feb 8, 2008

    A large majority of Officers recieve ZERO driver's training...they are no more trained than the average citizen. It costs $ to send officers to training and takes them off their regular duties...it costs money to maintain the vehicles that are used for driver's training....the wear on the cars is enormous. It takes specialized instructors to pull away from their regular duties to teach these courses.....and so it usually does not get done........

  • Marc3939 Feb 8, 2008

    "He was responding to a call at the time, but troopers were not sure what type of call."

    Not sure what type of call? yea right.

  • Panther Feb 8, 2008

    Gulf War Vet
    You could be on to something there. It depends on how much training they receive and reoccurring training also. If they were give a few hours of training and then told to hit the road that will be outrageous. However if they train and practice all the time that would be a different story. I would have to hear from an expert in the field before passing judgment. I am glad that he is ok and hopefully he will be able to return to work soon.

  • GulfWarVet Feb 8, 2008

    First off, Im glad the officer will be ok, as reported.

    I wonder who will front the bill for the repairs for the car, damage to the property, etc.

    Seems like way too many cases of LEOs being reported as making poor driving decisions costing Wake Co residents losses.

    There's no good that can be done by you if you fail to reach your intended destination.